Thanks for all your comments, Bookies—I’m glad to hear that all of you are enjoying the book as much as I am. Reader Brooke brought up an interesting topic I didn’t mention in my previous post—Lily’s mother. She seems to be the complete opposite of Lily and clearly thinks that a woman’s goal in life is to be married off […]
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Hola, Bookies: This month, our friends down the hall on the print side would like us to ask you this: What is your favorite book series? Tell us below in a sentence or two, and you may see your answer printed in the June issue. Thanks, as always, and have a great weekend, everyone! Are you reading this via an […]
I’m completely immersed in Half Broke Horses and had to restrain myself from reading ahead and finishing the whole thing this weekend. It certainly has that Little-House-on-the-Prairie-for-grownups vibe; I loved that the family started out living in a dugout, just like Laura Ingalls Wilder did in On the Banks of Plum Creek. I was a huge fan of those books […]
In the NOBC in-box this morning: author David Nicholls’ answers to your questions about One Day. Big note: There are major plot spoilers discussed below, so we urge you not to read this post without first finishing the book.
From Danielle Virgin, discussion leader:
1. At any point did you consider the possibility of Emma and Dex not being together?
2. Was it difficult to write how these characters evolved, considering we have only a glimpse of their lives from one year to the next?
Hello, Bookies: We’ve just barely kicked off February, true, but it’s a short month so we need to start thinking about March already! Our choices this month come courtesy of RealSimple.com Managing Editor Kathleen Harris, who—you may remember—led the club in discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain back in November 2009. This time around, along with fiction, Kathleen […]
Hello, everyone! I’m Maggie Shi, a deputy editor for RealSimple.com, where I work with content across several different areas—food, money, family, work, and life lessons. My job involves everything from overseeing photo shoots for the website to collaborating with the magazine editors to writing our daily recipe newsletter. I also blog regularly about food here on Simply Stated and am attempting to cook my way through the Real Simple recipe repertoire this year.
I’m an avid reader, so I’m incredibly excited to be leading the February book club.
Hi, Bookies: I have to admit that as much as I wanted Dex and Emma to get together, when it happened I was surprised that they were finally able to admit their feelings and fears, but frankly was more surprised that the two of them seemed to finally grow up. Did anyone else find themselves a bit taken aback that […]
And our winner is. . . Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls’ novelistic recounting of the life of the beloved grandmother she introduced in her best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle. Later this week, join RealSimple.com Deputy Editor and food blogger Maggie Shi, who will say hello and talk a little bit about our February pick.
Hello there, Bookies: If you haven’t yet voted for the February book, now’s the time: The poll closes this Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. And the nominees are… Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls The follow-up to Walls’ best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, is a novelistic re-creation of the amazing life of her intrepid, indomitable grandmother. Born Round, by Frank […]
Tonight is the perfect night to give this often neglected area of your home a little love. If you have a large bookcase, it can be surprisingly versatile in terms of storage. Start by cleaning off your shelves, and then rearranging with these tricks.